Versailles’ Bassin d’Apollon was designed by Charles Le Brun, originator of the Louis XIV style.

Louis XIV was known as the Sun King thus linking him to the sun god, Apollo. In the fountain, Apollo is seen coming out of the water with his four horse chariot. Unfortunately, the pompous Le Brun made the mistake of depicting Apollo rising in the west rather than in the east making it difficult for the sun to know should it stay or should it go.

And while the sun god was trying to decide which direction to go in, Triton rose from the waters and splashed him away.


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